July 18, 2011 09:31
North Korea on Friday handed over the body of a South Korean found drifting in its waters. The corpse passed hands at 11 a.m. at the truce village of Panmunjom on the inter-Korean border.
"North Korea's Red Cross notified us on Thursday that they had discovered the body of one of our citizens off the coast of South Hwanghae Province," said an official from the Unification Ministry.
According to the man's ID card, he was a 43-year-old resident of Seoul with the surname Koh, the official added. Koh apparently left his home years ago after divorcing his wife and was listed as missing.
Pyongyang has now handed over the bodies of three South Koreans since 2003, according to the ministry. Seoul has reciprocated by returning 51 bodies of North Koreans who were found drifting in rivers or oceans south of the border. It first did so in 2004.
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